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Masters in Information Management and Digital Business

Masters in Business Technology Consulting

This Masters programme will prepare you to become a professional advisor and leader involved in building tomorrow’s digital world.

At a glance

  • Understand the theory and practice of consulting applied to digital business technology
  • Learn about informatics, business systems and architecture
  • Learn enterprise modelling techniques
  • Experience executive training in our residential course
  • Apply your learning and analysis skills through the consulting project
  • Option to gain the BCS Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Information Management
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months full-time or 36 months part-time
Attendance
Full-time , Part-time
Programme Director
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Our MSc Business Technology Consulting programme provides theoretical knowledge, practical methodologies and techniques via case studies and tutorials. This will enable you to specify and design technology solutions for business managers and organisations.

You will learn about informatics, business systems, processes and architecture necessary to understand the digital business environment. You will develop analysis, problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills necessary for creating effective business solutions. You will also learn the consulting principles and behaviours necessary for consulting.

Business Problem Solving Experience

You will go on a one-week residential course at our beautiful Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Thames. You will experience our executive training environment with other business executives and consultants.

A 10-12-week consulting project will provide the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-life cases in a structured and systematic manner. Many of these projects will involve working with and for consulting organisations.

After you’ve graduated

Our graduates are pragmatic problem solvers able to bridge the gap between business and technology, who are often highly sought after by industry. Many of our graduates join consultancies or businesses as analysts, solution architects or project leaders.

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Compulsory modules Credits

Aims:
This module aims to teach the basic knowledge and techniques necessary for the design and modelling of enterprise architecture. It covers design, planning, implementation and governance of enterprise architecture to support a business strategy, using the Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF) as used by Capgemini. Workshops and practical case assessments based on real business examples enable students to use and develop their knowledge of enterprise architecture techniques and methods.

Outline content:

  • The module involves up to 10 team-based workshops and practical case assessments
  • Students tackle problems in order to use and develop their knowledge of enterprise architecture techniques and methods
  • Students are assessed on their ability to apply the relevant techniques, their teamwork, presentation and consulting interaction capabilities
20 [10 ECTS credits]
Aims:
This module aims to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the nature, structure and function of information in the business domain. Students will gain knowledge of information requirements and presentation, working alongside users and subject specialists, to support their business functions. Through the course students will acquire the ability to plan, implement and evaluate IT-based solutions.

Outline content:

    • Understand the signs and types of signs (indices, icons and symbols) used in human communication and computer information systems, from semiotic and other relevant perspectives
    • Investigate the characteristics of organisational needs in the era of e-enterprise and the potential IT capabilities required to support business objectives and functions
    • Study the methods and techniques for aligning business and IT strategies, business and IT planning, requirements analysis and determination
    • Select appropriate theories, methods and techniques for application in the design and development of IT solutions

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module is concerned with using a holistic approach to investigate and improve business situations, with a view to developing feasible business solutions to the problem domain. It aims to provide students with the theory and practice of capturing and analysing business needs in relation to organisational contexts, business strategies, stakeholders, and business processes. Methods and techniques for articulation and evaluation of business needs will be introduced.

Outline content:

  • Rationale for business analysis and requirements
  • Organisational, social and cultural impacts on business domain analysis
  • Strategy and stakeholder analysis
  • Business systems analysis/modelling
  • Business process analysis/modelling
  • Managing change
  • Making a business case

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module develops knowledge and skills in the use of consulting tools for enterprise modelling and analysis. It is taught in three key parts, which include frequent tutorials, examples and a case study developed in conjunction with Capgemini consultants. This three-part approach welds business and technology techniques with consulting methods to enable students to both identify and resolve current and future issues affecting organisations.

Outline content:

  • Part 1 addresses the theory of consulting, consulting structure, generic consulting methods and tools
  • Part 2 focuses on understanding and applying examples of specific framework tools and techniques, building on IRC and Capgemini developed methods
  • Part 3 ‘consulting in practice’ involves case analysis and presentations by students to practicing consultants, applying relevant techniques to practical business-technology problems
  • Students undertake a team-based case study relating to actual consulting practice, led by practising consultants

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

The aim of the consulting project is to enable students to apply the knowledge gained from the taught modules to real-life cases in a structured and systematic manner. Projects are available from a variety of external consultancies and businesses, and appropriately qualified students may suggest projects related to their own business or company.

Outline content:

  • Mandatory one-day course – explains the content of the project and applicable research theory
  • Based on a topic of their choice, students apply business technology consulting concepts to create a pragmatic, yet theoretically supported solution to a real consulting problem
  • An academic supervisor and an industrial supervisor, if the project is with a consultancy or business, guide the student in terms of academic rigour and solution requirements respectively.
  • The student specifies the business problem, its analysis and the development and synthesis of a solution based on the requirements of the industrial supervisor who owns the problem.
40 [20 ECTS credits]

This module develops critical digital knowledge and skills in digital concepts, leadership, teambuilding, capability and change planning and control to support the development of a digital technology solutions in businesses. It integrates leadership and e-leadership principles with a knowledge of digital technology and the practice of leading digital solution approaches and teams in a variety of leadership types at strategic level required by a business or consulting client. It provides appropriate capability and analysis tools and techniques to enable students to identify, manage and resolve digital leadership and supporting digital technology issues and enables the development of appropriate digital leadership approaches necessary to support digital business technology and related consulting situations.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

In addition students must choose two optional modules from the list below.

Optional modules Credits

Aims:

Given the availability of large amount of both structured and unstructured data in business, there is a need for organisations to assess how effectively Big Data can be utilised for business. The aim of this module is to evaluate the business value in utilising Big Data and develop information management solutions with an appreciation of business analytics methods and technologies.

Outline content:

  • Business opportunity in the era of Big Data – case studies
  • Business analysis for big data and business intelligence
  • Methods, techniques and tools for Big Data
  • Data and information management for Big Data
  • Big Data visualisation
  • Developing a Big Data strategy
  • Professional, leadership and ethical issues in Big Data solutions
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

This module introduces key concepts, techniques, and tools for business data analytics. Data analytics is a fundamental tool for any organisations to make strategic use of their data assets and enable data-driven decision making. The module will cover concepts in data management, basic statistics and analytics, as well as tools used in business data analytics.

Outline Content:

  • Data analytics and data-driven decision making
  • Descriptive analytics
  • Data visualisation principles
  • Tools for data visualisation
  • Predictive analytics
  • Advanced tools for data analytics
  • Principles of databases
  • Data management
  • Programming for data analytics
  • Data analytics solutions development
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module is concerned with how business intelligence and data mining techniques can be used for managerial decision-making. It aims to provide students with the essential data mining and knowledge representation techniques used to transform data into business intelligence. Application areas covered in this module include marketing, customer relationship management, risk management, personalisation, etc.

Outline content:

  • Concepts of business intelligence and data mining
  • Overview of various data mining techniques
  • Types of data, data cleaning, data integration and transformation, data reduction
  • Classification and predictive modelling
  • Cluster analysis for generating patterns of data and structuring business intelligence
  • Association rule mining and market-basket analysis
  • Business intelligence implementation, integration and emerging trends
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module aims at developing the understanding of business service design regarding service thinking concept and business performance management in the digital economy. This module will equip the student with the knowledge of business service innovation with a focus of organisational, business architecture and service system design and performance management in the new service context.

Outline content:

  • Service and service innovation concept, framework and approaches for business service deign
  • Organisational design and business model generation in the service context
  • Performance management for maintaining an organisation’s quality, e.g. concepts of performance metrics, and their alignment with corporate strategy, critical success factors, key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Performance assessment methods and techniques, e.g. benchmarking, balanced score card, total quality management
  • Multi-sided metrics to assess business service performance
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module focuses on knowledge and hands on skills to leverage information technology, data analytics and machine learning skills in healthcare service delivery, clinical research, hospital operational management and public health. The students will have blended learning experience including in-class lectures, machine learning and data analytics exercise as well as case studies from NHS hospitals, community and social care organisations, local authority and companies who provide digital health and data analytics solutions, in UK and internationally.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is concerned with the use of existing and cutting-edge technologies and innovations to provide digital business solutions for businesses. It focuses on values-based innovation, digital business ecosystems and platform ecosystems, and employs the emerging service science and service logic/thinking approaches to the development of the digital business solutions. It covers innovations in processes, products, technology, services, and business models, as well as methods and models to create new business value in highly competitive and technology-rich environments.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
This module aims to enable students to understand management theories and project management practices such as Agile and PRINCE2. Students will be able to carry out project planning with different methods, and incorporate risk management and quality control techniques. Students will also be able to understand the characteristics of IT projects and improve the success rate of project management.

Outline content:

    • Theories and principles of project management
    • Project management in organisations
    • Methodologies (e.g. Agile and PRINCE2) for project management
    • Project planning and delivery (e.g., estimating, scheduling, resourcing, and monitoring)
    • Risk management
    • Quality control mechanisms

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen, it requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our Masters programmes offer you a unique practice-centred approach to teaching equipping you with the tools to become a compelling leader. This approach creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley has a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average in class tests form between 15 - 25% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme

Ongoing support

While Masters students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your academic tutor can meet with you regularly. Support staff are here to help with anything that may arise during your time at Henley.

How can Henley Careers work with you?

Here at Henley we have an award-winning careers team here to support you through your time here and four years after graduating from us.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments - Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s advice on your CV, practicing for an interview, looking at possible reasons why applications aren't being successful or support planning your career goals, we’re here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events - Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support - You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources for up to four years after you graduate to get help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart - Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learning about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK, where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different types of roles available to you.

For more information please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

The MSc Business Technology Consulting programme provides the foundations for a career in technology and management consultancy as well as the skills and behaviours necessary for analysing and solving the type of business and technology problems encountered by all major businesses. This course is a must for those interested in business problem-solving and consulting activities.

Many of our alumni have been recruited by management consultancies or analytical and consulting units of major businesses.

BCS Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

Successful completion on the compulsory module Business Domain and Requirements Analysis can lead to the BCS Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments: Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events: Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for. Additionally, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support: You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources. For up to four years after graduating we’re here to help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart: Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different roles available to you.

For more information please see our Careers page.

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